Search

Hospitals in Havering prepare for ‘unlikely’ ebola arrival in UK

PUBLISHED: 15:35 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:35 11 August 2014

There are fears the Ebola virus could spread to the UK (Cynthia Goldsmith/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

There are fears the Ebola virus could spread to the UK (Cynthia Goldsmith/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Archant

Preparations are being made to make sure that any nurses or doctors are prepared to deal with suspected cases of the ebola virus.

Staff at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) are now carefully following national guidance on how to deal with the infection.

Ian Hosein, director of infection prevention at BHRUT said: “It is important that people understand that ebola is not an airborne virus, so it cannot be spread without extremely close contact.

“However, we are full prepared to deal with any suspected cases, as are our colleagues in community care.”

The disease has currently spread across West Africa with confirmed cases in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Rita Chadha at the Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London (RAMFEL) said: “Boarder controls are that strict when it comes to health care that it would be highly unlikely that ebola would come to the UK.

“Public health can never be a waste of time and this has come from the World Health Organisation - every country in the world is doing it.”

The fatality rate can reach around 90%, although in the current outbreak is around 55%.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Romford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Latest from the Romford Recorder